History3491y/Spring 2018

History 3491x/Spring 2018
Tuesdays, 4:10 – 6:00 PM
Making Barnard History — The Research Process
Mr. McCaughey
ram31@columbia.edu

 

Spring 2018 Overview
This seminar has two objectives:
— to explore the institutional, spatial  and social history of Barnard College in some detail;
— to explore various methods used by historians to fashion the history of an ongoing
institution such a Barnard

Among the methods to be considered:
Quantitative history —  numbers, statistics and graphs in telling Barnard’s history;
Mapping — the  use of GPS/GIS  to devise visual representations and interpretive
maps relating to Barnard’s history;
Comparative history — Considerations of other colleges (The Sisters and Columbia
College) for what was distinctive and what generic about Barnard;
Oral History — The use of scripted interviews to illuminate otherwise not recorded
recent aspects of Barnard’s history

What will expected of the enrolled students:
— Regular attendance and active participation in the discussions; [10%]
— Command of the assigned readings and posted material on the course blog [15%]
— The posting of three presentations over the course of the semester. These will be posted
on the course Coursworks  and made available to all members of the seminar 24 hours
before assigned meeting: [20% x 3 = 60%]
— The critiquing of three presentations of colleagues [5% x 3 = 15%]

Presentation Schedule

I. Quantitative History January 30 February 6
II. Spatial History February 20 February 27
III. Comparative History March 20 March 27
IV. Oral History April 17 April 24

Meeting Schedule

Mtg.# Date Topic
January 16 Introduction:
January 23 Guest: Shannon O’Neill, Barnard College Archivist
3. January 30 Ist Numbers Presentations
4. February 6 2nd Numbers Presentations
5. February 13
6. February 20 Ist Mapping Presentation
7. February 27 2nd Mapping Presentation
8. March 6
9. March 20 Ist Comparative Presentation
10. March 27 2nd Comparative Presentation
11. April 3
12. April 10
13. April 17 Ist Oral History Presentation
14. April 24 2nd Oral History Presentation

 

 

Boswell: Sir Alexander Dick tells me that he remembers having a thousand
people a year to dine at his house: that is, reckoning each person
as  one, each time that he dined there.

Johnson: That, Sir, is about three a day.

Boswell:   How your statement lessens the idea.

Johnson: That, Sir, is the good of counting. It brings everything to a certainty,   which before floated in the wind indefinitely.
                                             – James Boswell, Life of Dr. Johnson, Vol. IV, 204

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2015 Seminar Meeting Notes:

February 2, 2015
February 9, 2015
February 16, 2015

“How Does Early Barnard Differ from the other ‘Sisters’?”
Leora Boussi — Wellesley
Paulina Pinsky — Smith
Lauren — Radcliffe
Sarah Thieneman– Mt. Holyoke

February 23, 2015 Meeting Notes

First Research Project — January 26 – February 23

A Tale of Two Cities?  For Whom Barnard Intended?

First Project Menu of Topics

February 23 — Presentations
Caroline Lange — “What Was Expected of Early Barnard Alumnae?”
Paulina Pinsky — Barnard’s Original Women Trustees
Federica Rottaris — Religious Affiliations of Early Board Members
Elizabeth Moye — The Controversy over Annie Nathan Meyer
Elizabeth Moye — A Bibliography of Annie Nathan Meyer
Sarah Thieneman — Early Barnard and Mount Holyoke
Kelly Reller — The Beginnings of Financial Aid at Barnard
Jenna Davis — Mapping Classes of 1910 and 1925
Mollie Galchus — Getting There: Queens Students at Early Barnard
Amanda Breen — Getting In : Barnard, Bryn Mawr and Wellesley
Leora Boussi — Majors and Careers: Barnard Class of 1910}
Adele Bernhard — First Male Trustees

 

Part II — March 2nd to March 23rd, 2015

March 3rd Meeting
1. Overview of Post Wordl war II Barnard [1945-70s]
2. Guest Tutorial on conducting  oral history interview
[Erica Fugger, CU Oral History Office)    [Erica Fugger Powerpoint Presentation]
3. Return comments on First Major Presentations

Oral History Examples and Prospects

March 9th Meeting
1. Locate, read and prepare a brief comment on an extant oral history relating to Barnard

Overview of Barnard in Post-War Period, 1945-1982

2. Guest tutorial on digital recording aand/or videtaping an oral history interview
[Miriam Neptune, IMATS]
3. Seminarians report on progress securing an interviewee and schedule for interview
[Interview possibilities]

By Friday, March 13, 205 — Complete arrangements  to conduct a 40-minute oral history interview with someone involved with Barnard during the Post WW II era

Half the seminar conduct the interview before or during Spring Break week 3/16 – 3/20) and half the week of March 23-27

No Meeting March 16th — Spring Break

March 23rd Meeting
Review and discuss the first batch of completed interviews

Elizabeth Moye — March 10, 2015 Interview with Paula Franzese, BC ’80
March 15,  2015 Interview with Professor Peter Balsam

Mollie Galchus — March 19, 2015 Interview with Dorothy Denburg, BC ’70

Amanda Breen — March 23, 2015 Interview with Linda Zappulla, BC ’71

Jenna Davis — March xx, 2015  Interview with Adrienne Schure, BC ’71

Forthcoming:
Adele Bernhard — Interview with Andrea Polk-Stevenson, BC ’71 [March 30]

Kelly Reller — Interview with Janet Price, BC ’71 [March 30]

Paula Pinsky — Interview with Stephanie Brandt,  BC ’72 [March 30]

Sarah Thieneman — Interview with Carol Berkin, BC ’64 [March 30]

Federica Rottaris — Interview with Dr. Harriet Mogul [April 6]

Lauren Malotra-Gaudet

Gina Masino — Interview with  Karla Jay ’68, March 30, 2015

Leora Boussi — Dr. Jacob Alexander, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry

March 30 Meeting
Review and discuss  the second batch of completed interviews

Second Inter-Presentational Assignment

1. Select one of Barnard’s eleven chief administrators and her consider her biography and career;

2. Isolate and consider a specific biographical fact/characteristic/trait about her as it relates to her performance as Barnard’s head in one of the following ways:
as the predictive of her performance;
as the most determinative;
as the most surprising;
as the most overlooked/neglected;
as the most overrated/over-determined;
or in some other significant way of your choosing.

3. Post your speculation as a 1000-word presentation on the course blog
[Postings should be made by 4/5/2015]

 

April 6, 2015 Meeting Note

April 13, 2105 — Meeting Note

Deans/Presidents Profiles

Ella Weed
Emily James Smith — Gina Masino
Laura Gill — Adele Bernhard

Virginia C. Gildersleeve

Millicent McIntosh — Sarah Thieneman
—  Leora Boussi
Paulina Pinsky

Rosemary Park — Jenna Davis

Martha Peterson — Kelly Reller

Jacelyn Mattfeld — Amanda Breen

Ellen Futter — Lizzie Moye
Lauren Malotra-Gaudet
Mollie Galchus
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Judith Shapiro — Federica Rottaris

Debora Spar — Caroline Lange

April 20 Meeting Note

 

April 27 Meeting

Third Presentations [Presented April 27th and May 4th]

Mollie Galchus — Commuting [From Queens] to Barnard
Paula Pinsky — Physical Education in the 1950s
Lizzie Moye — To Merge or Not?
Interview with Barrie Tait  Collins, BC ’49
Interview with Anne Lake Prescott, BC ’59, Professor of English
Jenna Davis — Admissions; Then & Now
Amanda Breen — The Suffrage Debate in the Barnard Bulletin
Kelly Reller — The Life and Demise of the Barnard Pool
Gina Masino and Lauren Malotra-Gaudet — A History of LGBTQ at Barnard
Caroline Lange — A History of the Magnolia Tree on the Barnard Lawn
Leora Boussi –Grading at Barnard and Columbia; The Case of Biochemistry
Adele Bernhard —  A Note on the Financial History of Barnard
Sarah Thieneman — McAc
Federica Rottaris — Student  Medical Services  at Barnard

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